Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program (P.O.P.) located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. The program provides health and social service supports to pregnant women and women with infants, who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help the women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences.
Daily hot lunches
Weekly food bags & milk support
Nutrition counseling and prenatal vitamins
Practical support for securing medical care, housing, advocacy and social benefits
Prenatal and postnatal care
Well baby care, child and adult immunizations
Referral and access to support groups and community resources
Concurrent disorders and trauma counseling
Contraception counseling and provision
STD/HIV counseling and testing
Baby food, formula, toys, diapers and baby
clothes - when available
There are many ways for individuals and groups to help Sheway provide for those in need. Get involved today! Click the button below to make a donation to Sheway through VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
If you would like to donate items directly to Sheway, please call us at 604-216-1699 to arrange a drop-off time.
We accept the following in-kind donations:
Clothing, shoes, and accessories ? new or gently used regular and maternity items for women, items for babies and children.
Toiletries (new items) ? soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, hairbrushes, hair accessories, and Kleenex
New baby items ? baby formula, baby cereal and crackers, diapers, diaper cream, wet wipes, diaper cream, soothers, bottles, bibs, receiving blankets, and baby shampoo.
Small household items ? dishes, cookware, utensils, and small lamps
Furniture ? cribs, crib mattresses, and high chairs (Not older than 5 years and has not been recalled due to safety concerns)
Other items ? umbrellas, transit fare tickets, children?s books and toys, strollers, and car seats that meet current safety standards.
*Regretfully, due to safety requirements and space limitations we do not accept: used toys, stuffed animals, large household items (chairs, paintings, etc), electronics (computers, printers, fax machines, telephones, TV?s, photocopiers)
Being a volunteer at Sheway provides many opportunities, including gaining work experience, meeting other interesting people, and contributing to the well-being of those in the community. As a volunteer at Sheway, you may be helping by:
Assisting with special events, fundraisers, and social media
Collecting and sorting donated clothing items
Helping with office administration functions
Picking and delivering food items
Providing pro bono volunteer services
The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Ministry for Children and Family Development
Vancouver Native Health Society
YWCA of Vancouver
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Monday to Friday, 9:15 a.m. ? 4 p.m.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact your nearest emergency centre or contact the free 24-hour BC Nurseline at 8-1-1 (or 1 (866) 889-4700 if you are deaf of hearing-impaired).
Sheway clients and children may seek health care from Sheway's Community Health Nurses in a number of areas including: prenatal care and education, STI and well-woman care, PAP tests, contraception, well baby and child care, and immunizations. (Outreach and home visits can also be arranged.)
Drop-in hours: Monday to Friday 9:15am ? 4:00pm
Counselling is available at Sheway on a full time basis to provide clients and their families with confidential counseling, education, and support to promote healthy lifestyle choices, as well as referrals to treatment programs.
Drop-in hours: Monday to Friday 10:30am ? 3:30pm
Appointments available upon request
Sheway clients and children may choose to see the Sheway physicians as their family doctor. The doctors provide primary care services, prenatal care, and Addiction Medicine- including Opiate Replacement Therapy
Drop-in hours: Monday to Friday 9:15am ? 4:00pm
* Pregnant women also have access to a doctor on call 24/7 through BC Women's Hospital.
Sheway clients and children may see a Psychiatrist who specializes in psychiatric assessments for issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, PTSD, and parent and infant psychotherapy.
Women-centred mental health services: Wednesdays 10:00- 4:00 pm
Children-centred mental health services are provided through RICHER by appointment
Clients' children may see a hygienist at Sheway once a month to provide cleanings and referrals as needed.
Please make an appointment at the clinic or call: 604-216-1684.
* Emergency or adult services can be found at: Reduced Cost Dental Clinics (Source: BC Dental Association)
Sheway clients and children may see a Pediatrician from the RICHER Program who provides developmental assessments and/or care at the Sheway clinic, that meets the unique needs of children and families in Vancouver's inner city neighbourhoods.
Call 604-216-1684 for an appointment
?Any woman who is interested in accessing Sheway services can drop in during the regular drop-in hours Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sheway is a voluntary program that provides services to women who:
Are pregnant and/or parenting infants/children
Have a current or recent history of drug and/or alcohol use
Live in Vancouver
Any woman who is interested in accessing Sheway services can drop in during the regular drop-in hours 10:30-3:30 Monday to Friday.
No referral is necessary.
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